Another installment in my "Born on the Same Day" series, featuring players who were born on the same day (!) and year.
This is post #19 in the series: Al Downing and Fred Talbot - both born on 6/28/1941.
This is the 19th post in the series, and the first one featuring teammates.
Al Downing pitched for 17 seasons, the first 9 (1961-69) for the Yankees. After splitting the 1970 season between the Athletics and Brewers, he pitched his final 7 seasons with the Dodgers. He was a 20-game winner in 1971, his first in LA. Three years later, he gave up Hank Aaron's 715th home run.
Unlike Downing, Fred Talbot did not begin his career with the Yankees (or even with Yankees-West). Fred came up with the White Sox in 1963, then was traded to the Athletics prior to 1965. He finally made it to the Big Apple midway through the 1966 season.
After several seasons in the Yankees' rotation, Talbot was quite the traveler in 1969 - playing for the Yankees, Pilots, and Athletics.
He finished his career in 1970 - pitching 1 game for the Athletics.
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